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Religious studies is a broad discipline with many sub-fields, but some topics and key terms are used in many research areas. Terms such as religion, belief, and world religions are essential to our field's work as they spur many of our most basic questions.

Topics

  • Religion
-How do we define "religion"? 
-Are "religions" different from religion?
-What does it mean to be religious?
  • Belief
-What does it mean to believe something?
-How does religion relate to belief? 
  • World Religions
-How do scholars categorize religions?
-What makes a religion a "world religion"?
-What are the approaches to teaching about world religions?
  • Spiritual
-What does spiritual describe?
-Who are the "spiritual but not religious"?